Where to begin.. this car has been a nightmare from day one.
Brake pads and rotors replaced ($750)
Rear struts replaced ($600)
Oil leak from a burst seal ($800)
Thermostat replaced twice in six months ($500)
Been through two brand new batteries ($200)
Fuel pump died in the middle of the busiest downtown intersection, causing someone to rear end me. ($1000)
I can't even begin to express what a total piece of crap this car is. It was okay for the first 8 months or so that I had it, but since then it's like something major happens, I fix it thinking surely that'll buy me more time until I can save $ for a better car, and then within a couple weeks something else huge bites the dust on it.
In the last six months I've been broken down on the side of the road five times, had to pay for a tow truck each of those times (at $60 a pop) and sunk over $4000 into it. Every time I dare to take it anywhere it either doesn't start, overheats after a few minutes, or brakes down at the worst possible moment. What a nightmare.
Even though I've sunk that much into it, there's still a huge list of stuff wrong that I'm refusing to fix. For example...
-the horn mysteriously stopped working.
-none of the windows seal, and water and wind get in. Not to mention, the manual window crank broke off in my hand when I tried to close the window--so now the drivers window doesn't open at all... which is really inconvenient, not to mention embarrassing.
-there's still a major oil leak, I'm going through about one bottle every three or four days.
-sometimes the headlights come on by themselves and won't shut off even when the car is turned off.
-the trunk lock is broken, so it can only be opened from the inside.. not that I would use it anyway, the trunk leaks and it's a disgusting wet mildewy mess.
-There's a hole in the gas tank the size of a quarter, so I can't fill it up more than halfway or gas spills out.
-the air conditioning never did work, and the mechanic said it would be like $800 because it needs a whole rebuild.
-steering wheel makes a load clicking noise when you turn.
-the cloth interior on the roof of the car is coming away at the edges and falling off, plus the weatherstripping at all 4 windows is bubbling and very warped.
-the plastic panel that displays the gears on the gear shift is falling apart and I have to guess what gear its in...